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Can you use a Blackberry?

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12:18 pm
January 18, 2009


Phoneuser

Member

posts 8

From reading the forum I see that unlocked GSM phones can take a SO SIM. I found a BLACKBERRY 7290 GSM 32MB Unlocked for sale. It is wi-fi capable, I believe.

It has "Quad-Band handheld, operates on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz."

Would I be able to transfer my SO SIM into that Blackberry 7290 and then receive SO features, as well as WI-FI (from open hotspots) on it?

EDIT: Actually, it seems I should shell out for a Blackberry Curve 8900 or Nokia E61 if I want wi-fi browsing capabilities. But you can only buy those unlocked from E-Bay.


1:39 pm
January 18, 2009


bylo

519

Moderator

posts 576

Would I be able to transfer my SO SIM into that Blackberry 7290 and then receive SO features, as well as WI-FI (from open hotspots) on it?

Yes, as far as making/receiving voice calls and SMS text messages. Web surfing only where WiFi exists, i.e. not using the cellphone network.

1:47 pm
January 18, 2009


bylo

519

Moderator

posts 576

P.S. You can buy inexpensive refurbished BBs at http://factorydirect.ca/catalo…..p?cat=3520

For example a BB7290 is $59. I doubt that model has WiFi capability.

1:48 pm
January 18, 2009


Miguel

Guest

Also, you don't necessarily need an unlocked phone for Speakout.

You can also use on that is locked to Rogers. So if you can find an old phone that was previously used on Rogers, it will work just fine with a Speakout SIM as well.

For example, I've used a Rogers-locked iPhone 3G with my Speakout SIM, no problem.

2:38 pm
January 18, 2009


Phoneuser

Member

posts 8

Yes, but I think it is probably cheaper and easier to get a refurbished unlocked wi-fi capable Blackberry from Factory Direct than finding an IPhone.

1:23 pm
February 12, 2010


techcan

Newbie

posts 1

I have the BB 8900. I am thinking of getting the unlimited browsing from SO for $10/mnth. How do you setup the BB 8900 to use this unlimited browsing from SO? Is there a site I can go to follow the step by step instruction of setting this up. Please advise. Thanks in advance.

9:29 am
February 13, 2010


Jamesey

Alberta

Member

posts 127

Yes, as far as making/receiving voice calls and SMS text messages. Web surfing only where WiFi exists, i.e. not using the cellphone network.


This is incorrect. I have a BlackBerry 8100 on SpeakOut:

- WAP browsing works using the Blackberry browser.
- Push email works using the Funambol.com open source email app.
- The Weather Network Blackberry app works.
- Laptop tethering works (EDGE)

I couldn't get Opera Mini (4.2 or 5) to run.

9:31 am
February 13, 2010


Jamesey

Alberta

Member

posts 127

How do you setup the BB 8900 to use this unlimited browsing from SO? Is there a site I can go to follow the step by step instruction of setting this up. Please advise. Thanks in advance.


The Rogers network automatically configured my BB 8100's Service Book to work with the WAP browser and goam.com portal. I can't remember, but I might have had to wipe the old service book entries.

Note that you will not be able to use most BB apps that communicate through the 'Net.

1:05 pm
February 13, 2010


RonM

Victoria BC

Member

posts 126

If your BlackBerry has a GPS, BlackBerry Mapas will work with the GPS whether you ave any form of data plan or not. The maps for BBerry Maps are stored on your device. You will have to install them via the Desktop Manager from a computer if they aren't preinstalled on your device.
It took several tries to get my 8800 to recognize that it had BlackBerry Maps installed. The program was installed but not accessible. I tried forcing the service books to refresh with no luck. In the end I put a SIM card in from a Rogers phone with a Data Plan, and I'm assuming that the phone downloaded new service books — because several new icons showed up including BBerry Maps. When I put my SO SIM back, the BBerry maps icon was there and it is working fine.
Google maps needs a Data Plan and more than just the WAP browser so the only way they might work on a BBerry on SO is via wifi — which limits the usefulness of a GPS.

Update — search the other threads in this forum — it appears others have actually gotten Google Maps working using the ULB plan from SO.

11:02 am
February 21, 2010


Jamesey

Alberta

Member

posts 127

Update: Just installed Opera Mini 5 beta 2 on my 8100, and it finally works. It's so much nicer than the standard BB browser.

7:05 pm
February 24, 2010


milly555

Shenzhen

Newbie

posts 2

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7:08 pm
October 16, 2010


slurpiesandcellphones

Member

posts 10

my blackberry gets the bb browser and opera mini browser as well as a few other aps to work, what you guys talking about ?

4:01 pm
October 17, 2010


RonM

Victoria BC

Member

posts 126

slurpiesandcellphones said:

my blackberry gets the bb browser and opera mini browser as well as a few other aps to work, what you guys talking about ?


You picked open a really old thread. Unlimited browsing only arrived on SO in November 2009. Any posts from before that time were quite accurate in saying that browsing was only possible on wifi. There are a few of posts on this thread since that time that agree with your results.

At the time I wrote my previous post, no one had reported being able to use Google Maps on the ULB plan. I think some have since that time. I don't have ULB so I have no idea nor interest in searching to see if you can. I was able to install and use the stand alone Blackberry Maps on a BBerry 8800 I have long since sold without needing any browser connection once the maps were installed on the phone from my computer.

2:11 am
November 4, 2010


Chadmama

Member

posts 4

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